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    Thumbs down W7 + Ubuntu dual-boot on same SSD?

    Hey,

    have an SSD as my primary boot drive running W7 64-bit.
    Would like to install Ubuntu 64-bit on the same SSD and have dual-boot.

    Is the Wibu installation from within W7 the best approach here?
    Or should I boot install Ubuntu from DVD? Choosing the latter method, do I run into any problems or can I get a smooth dual-boot install this way?

    Cheers!

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    Re: W7 + Ubuntu dual-boot on same SSD?

    I would never call wubi inside windows a good approach. It was developed as a quick try, not as long term install. So i wouldn't count on it. Not to mention that any issues are more difficult to troubleshoot since it's a virtual machine and not a proper installation.

    I can't see why you wouldn't be able to get a smooth dual boot if you install ubuntu properly on its own partition. I have a ssd dual boot, that's not uncommon these days.

    Potentially other hardware can give you issues sometimes, but dual booting on a ssd is not an issue by itself.
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    Re: W7 + Ubuntu dual-boot on same SSD?

    I found wubi to work very well and likely would have stayed with it if I didn't want to increase space on my ubuntu partition and swith from 12.10 to 12.04. That being said, if you are installing from a new machine or don't care about losing your current windows partition, definitely install them separately. I haven't even bothered to reinstall windows after reinstalling ubuntu. Just set up your partitions appropriately and you'll be fine. I set 8gb for swap, 90gb for ubuntu (mounted at /) and the rest for windows(currently empty). Hope all goes well for you.

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    Re: W7 + Ubuntu dual-boot on same SSD?

    Thanks for the quick responses!
    I'll do it the proper way then, just fingers crossed it won't mess up my current active Windows partition as I need it working for a couple programs, unfortunately :/

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    Re: W7 + Ubuntu dual-boot on same SSD?

    Okay, I'll hijack my own thread for another question, ha!

    When creating the partitions for Ubuntu within the installer, can I point the home partition to a HDD instead of the SSD? How would I do that? Or does that logically not work?

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    Re: W7 + Ubuntu dual-boot on same SSD?

    You can definitely set your /home to be on a different hard drive and you won't experience any problems. I don't know that effects performance though. I know that many programs store their settings and files in the home folder so you might have more frequent read/writes to the slower hdd.

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